Anthony Martial in good shape for Man Utd but Edinson Cavani needs fitness test ahead of derby | Football News

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Anthony Martial will be involved in Saturday’s derby against Manchester City – live on Sky Sports – but Edinson Cavani faces a late fitness test.

Cavani and Martial missed Tuesday’s Champions League loss to RB Leipzig, which saw United finish third in their group and advance to Europa League knockouts.

Despite the disappointment, United have won their last four Premier League games – a race that helped Bruno Fernandes clinch the November Player of the Month award – and Solskjaer believes City’s game at Old Trafford gives his side the perfect opportunity to bounce back. defeat in Europe.

He said: “Of course we were disappointed on Tuesday night. It’s natural, we really wanted to pass. We must move forward. It was a tight group, decided by good margins. After that, the concentration was good.


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“This is probably the best game you can ask for after such a disappointment because it stays in the system. ”

On Martial and Cavani, he added: “Anthony will definitely be involved, Edinson has been on the grass but I will make a decision later. ”

Meanwhile, Solskjaer said he spoke to Paul Pogba after the player’s agent Mino Raiola said his client’s time at United was ‘over’.

“I talk to my players on a daily basis, Paul is no different from the others,” added Solskjaer. “For me, what was disappointing this week was that we came out in the Champions League. The players want to participate. Not everything the reps say can really affect me. I said what I wanted to say about it. ”



Paul Pogba is training with Manchester United ahead of their Champions League fixture with RB Leipzig.

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Jamie Carragher believes Paul Pogba will be fully aware of what his agent Mino Raiola says and thinks Manchester United should get rid of him if possible

Solskjaer also backed David de Gea after his costly mistake against Leipzig, which came before the Spaniard was one of five goalkeepers named on the FIFPro World XI shortlist.

“I think David is a better goalie, of course I do. Well Named. He is on the lists to be the best goalkeeper in Europe. He’s dealt with criticism before, he’s dealt with setbacks before, he’s a man we really rely on, and I hope he’s unaffected by the critics, and I don’t think he will because that every goal a goalie concedes would disappoint you. ”

‘We are getting better and better’

Solskjaer is approaching two years at the helm of United, his first game with a 5-1 win in Cardiff on December 22, 2018, and the Norwegian believes his side continue to improve despite criticism from some quarters for their lack of consistent approach.

He said: “I feel like we are getting better and better, looking more and more like a United team that I want with quick forwards. We are dynamic, we have good players who have individual players who create magic with nothing. It’s always good at United.

“The consistency that everyone says we haven’t, of course we’ve won the last four games in the league which is starting to get a good race and we hope we can keep going. ”



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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said Manchester Utd boss under pressure Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not need his support ahead of Saturday’s Manchester derby, live on Sky Sports

On the lessons learned from leaving the Champions League, he added: “We have learned that any small mistake will be punished. We were about to pass in a large group. It shows to me a team that went from the draw with Rochdale and barely beating Colchester [both in 2019].

“We took action from the group stages. What we have learned in the short term is that we still have a bit of a way to go to compete and win the Champions League. This is our goal. Win trophies. and be contenders. ”

Merson says: Derby is decisive for Ole

Sky Sports columnist Paul Merson:

For me, it’s a massive football game. I would say if he doesn’t make it, that could be it. I think this is decisive for Ole. That is, unless Man Utd have a different plan and don’t think of this club as everyone else.

Does Man Utd want someone else? Are they comfortable with this situation? They run the show, there is no pressure, do they like it? Do the people who run Man Utd think they are the greatest football club? Do they think like me or do they think “we are not this team anymore”?

Would Zinedine Zidane have a job today if Real Madrid hadn’t made the last 16 in the Champions League? Definitely not. They would have given up on the idea that they are the biggest club in the world and made that decision.

I would like to know if the leaders of Manchester United are happy where they are. I don’t feel the board thinks this is the greatest team in the world.

Pitch to Post: Is it time to ditch David de Gea?

There was a lot of trouble with Manchester United’s 3-2 loss to RB Leipzig, which ended their Champions League commitment on Tuesday, from a slow start to lost chances and defensive failures. But David de Gea’s poor attempt to prevent the third goal from costing him his starting spot?

The Spanish goalkeeper didn’t cover himself in glory with his attempt to block Justin Kluivert’s decisive point-blank finish and with Dean Henderson putting pressure on United’s long-term No.1 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might be ready to do a big call before United. clash with Manchester City on Saturday.

Henderson replaced De Gea against Southampton when he received a blow and played all 90 minutes in last weekend’s 3-1 win over West Ham. Sky Sports News James Cooper – appearing on the Pitch to Post Preview Podcast – now thinks there is a real chance that Henderson, 23, could be awarded a first-team spot for the derby.

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